For the past five years, the small coastal city of Savannah, GA, has drawn thousands of residents and visitors to the Savannah Stopover music festival. Taking place over three days, the festival features over 70 national touring acts along with local rising artists. Savannah Stopover is in search of four Sonicbids artists to join their 2015 lineup. Along with compensation, artists are greeted with true southern hospitality as the festival strives to provide an experience like no other. Peter Robaudo, Savannah Stopover's director of talent and systems management, explained why the importance of hospitality to artists is such a focus of the festival, what he's looking for in bands, and why Savannah's rising music scene is the place to be.
There have been some big name acts who've played Savannah Stopover, such as of Montreal, Mac DeMarco, and Grimes. The festival also places a huge emphasis on rising talent. How do you create a balance between well-known acts and emerging artists?
For a three-day festival, the ticket price is pretty amazing. How do you manage to keep it at such a reasonable price?
Southern hospitality is a well-known custom, which applies to your approach with the bands that play at the festival. What are the ideals Savannah Stopover lives by?
What are your favorite things about the music scene in Savannah?
Since the festival is located so close to I-95 and I-10, it's a perfect stop for those on tour. Would you say the festival showcases more local talent or a mixture of the acts stopping through the city?
What are the top things you look for when evaluating submissions for the festival?
- Do they have any new material leading up to the festival, or recently released material?
- Have they ever played the market (Savannah) before?
- Do they have a marketing plan/timeline push?
- Is there any buzz surrounding them (from music blogs, social media, internally in the music industry, etc.)?
- Are they routing through or is it just a one-off?